Lucky's STEM Challenge

We begin a new challenge at Derry Village School. We would like to introduce "Lucky’s STEM Challenge” STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This family challenge is a monthly series of activities that include hands-on science, math, and engineering activities for students and families to complete together. It's designed to get families to explore, design, test, repeat in science, technology, engineering or math.

DVS Lucky’s STEM Challenge

The Details

  1. This is open to ALL ages of the DVS community.

  2. Participation is voluntary.

  3. There is no obligation to pass finished projects in.

  4. Participating families may elect to submit a separate challenge per child or complete one “family” project.

  5. Use this challenge to be creative, have fun, and learn!

  6. Challenges are all open-ended and there is never a “wrong” way to complete it.

  7. When you are satisfied with your finished product, you can choose to post pictures of your project on the DVS Lucky’s November STEM Family Challenge site.

  8. A new STEM activity for families will be made available each month.

  9. A SAMPLE journal of the thought process can be found here: https://www.aacps.org/cms/lib/MD02215556/Centricity/Domain/1440/STEM%20Challenge%20Journal.pdf

Lucky’s November STEM Family Challenge

Theme: The Sundial

This month we will adjust our clocks to Daylight Savings Time on November 1st, so why not go back in time to explore the first clocks, sundials!

Instructions:

  1. Read the history of the sundial as a family.

  1. Brainstorm a list and collect objects from around your home you can use to build your sundial.

  2. Plan how to build a sundial together as a family using either paper or the computer.

  3. As a family, build your first attempt of a sundial.

  4. Reflect on your attempt. What can you do to make it better? Brainstorm more ideas and go back to the planning stage. Then rebuild as needed to improve on your sundial project design.

  5. When you are satisfied with your finished sundial, you can choose to post pictures of your project on the DVS Lucky’s November STEM Family Challenge site.

  6. Discuss the process with your family. What part did you like the most? What part did you like the least? What could you do differently next time?

Extension: What is the largest and/or smallest working sundial you can make?